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Bullybeat campaign comes to town

PUBLISHED: 13:37 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:30 07 July 2010

He has inspired thousands of youngsters nationwide to write and record their own songs and promote an anti-bullying message in a positive way.

And groups of schoolchildren in Mid Norfolk have become the latest to take part in Nathan Timothy's Bullybeat project - and people across the world can now hear the music they have made.

He has inspired thousands of youngsters nationwide to write and record their own songs and promote an anti-bullying message in a positive way.

And groups of schoolchildren in Mid Norfolk have become the latest to take part in Nathan Timothy's Bullybeat project - and people across the world can now hear the music they have made.

Nathan - a Kent-based teacher, song writer and singer - started Bullybeat last year and teaches from experience as he was bullied as a youngster.

He now travels the country and while in Norfolk worked with groups at Dereham Neatherd High (who recorded a song called Take Control), Thomas Bullock Primary at Shipdham (Troubled), Toftwood Junior (Somebody Wants to Help) and North Elmham Primary (On The Inside).

All the songs can be heard on the Bullybeat website.

Among the 23-strong group of year eight pupils at Neatherd High was Hannah Edgar, 13, who said: “I had never really done singing before and I never really thought I could sing. When I first heard it it was really exciting and thought 'wow, that sounds alright!'”

Holly Allton, 12, said taking part in the workshop had helped with confidence and they had all learned a lot about the anti-bullying message.

Nathan said: “Children that take part in the workshops are not just taught how to sing and write a song together but they are also encouraged to express their thoughts on bullying and its effects.”

To find out more about the project and to hear the songs log on to www.bullybeat.com.

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